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California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet


Cruise and another robotic car pioneer, Waymo, already were charging passengers for rides in parts of San Francisco in autonomous vehicles with a back-up human driver present to take control if something goes wrong with the technology.

Credit: Paul Sancya/AP

The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved to General Motors' Cruise’s bid to offer a driverless ride-hailing service in San Francisco.

The robotic taxi service will begin with a fleet of 30 electric vehicles accepting passengers from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. in less-congested areas of the city, giving regulators the opportunity to assess the technology before allowing expanded service.

The driverless service will not operate in heavy rain or fog, restrictions imposed to reduce the potential for property damage, injuries, or deaths.

Cruise's Gil West said the approval is "a giant leap for our mission here at Cruise to save lives, help save the planet, and save people time and money."

From Associated Press
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